Category Archives: censorship in children’s books

Listen to my radio interview on Matters of the MInd – on being an incest and torture survivor, why I write the books I do, and what’s most rewarding for me.

Yesterday I was interviewed on Matters of The Mind by Dr. Peter Sacco and Todd Miller on ListenUpTalk. I talked honestly about being an incest and torture survivor and some of the effects (including, for me, self-harm, PTSD, dissociation, depression), … Continue reading

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Judy Blume on NPR

Listen to Judy Blume talk about writing for children, censorship, and keeping books relevant for new generations of readers.

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Interview with me on Scars being challenged, & enter to win a paperback copy of Scars

If you’re interested, you can read an interview with me about SCARS being challenged, & me being a survivor, as part of the SCARS paperback blog tour. You can also enter to win a paperback copy of SCARS (scroll down … Continue reading

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Chris Crutcher’s book removed from summer reading program

Chris Crutcher’s book Angry Management has been removed from a summer reading program because ONE angry parent decided that, after “reading” the first twenty-four pages, it had too much profanity. Yeah, you read that right. That offends me on so … Continue reading

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YA author Maureen Johnson on NPR TODAY with Meghan Cox Gurdon, talking about “dark” YA!

The wonderful Maureen Johnson, who started the #YASaves movement on Twitter in response to Meghan Cox Gurdon’s WSJ article that slammed so many good books (including Scars) will be on NPR TODAY at 11am EST!! I hope some people will … Continue reading

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Was Amazon homophobic? Or was it “simply” a technological error?

You may have read about the recent snafu with Amazon.com–where thousands of lesbian and gay books lost their sales rankings, which made them hard to find via a search. This included picture book Heather Has Two Mommies, and YA book … Continue reading

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when censorship occurs before the book is published

When editors or publishers request authors remove details from their manuscripts before they’re even published because of concerns that parents or educators will react, it is a form of censorship. It also, in my opinion, can lead to bland or … Continue reading

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